Tonight's special guest is Dr Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, the national consultant for child sexual abuse prevention for Prevent Child Abuse America. In 2011, she drew on her experiences as a sex educator working with child abuse prevention to write "The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent's Guide Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids about Sex, Abuse, and Bullying." Based on her experience, academic research and scores of interviews, this book has been hailed as a "breakthrough" full of "sound information and advice -- a must read for parents." Dr Rosenzweig writes, "Abusers count on the fact that kids don't like to speak to their parents about sex, and you don't want that to be true on your family." She says to use the news stories that appear concerning child abuse as an opportunity to teach your kids that people who sexually abuse children put their own pleasure above the pain they cause children. "Remind them that sometimes they dress it up like a friendship or a love relationship to confuse the child (or teen!). Remind them that anyone who wants to be sexual with a young person is selfish at best and a criminal at worse." NAASCA has often posted her shorter works in the "Featured Articles" and / or "News of the Week" sections of our web site. Dr Rosenzweig has been presenting workshops to parent and professional groups promoting the ideal that parents must be the primary sex educators of their children, learning how to support their overall sexual health and safety in the home, school and community.
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